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Jesus would not approve!

News broke today that Republicans in South Carolina have introduced legislation that would make abortion in their state a felony for both women and their doctors.

What would Jesus think of that? In my new novel, Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! Jesus time travels with Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon to the year 2020. After some extensive acclimation, Jesus gets a church in Macon, Georgia, and Marty and Nellie contact him each evening from their Chromosphere Cruiser, hidden on an island in the South Pacific.

This excerpt features one of those conversations:

Later in the afternoon, I decided to check in with Jesus. I unmuted his communications implant, and the computer worked for a moment to compensate for our new position in time. When it connected, I said, “Jesus, are you there?”

“Hi, Marty. I am so glad to hear your voice. I have another modern mystery to figure out. I do not understand all this talk about abortion.”
“Oh boy. What don’t you understand?”

“Why do so many Christians think forcing women to give birth is something my lord would approve of? Scripture clearly states that life begins at first breath. And why would someone who opposes abortion also oppose birth control? I do not yet understand how your birth control works, but I know enough to understand that something that prevents a woman from being with child should please those who demonize abortions. Also, why do so many Christians lose interest in helping babies once they are born?”

“I wish I had an answer for you, Jesus. All I can say is that not all Christians are like that. Unfortunately, here in the United States, a high percentage of them do have the beliefs you just stated. They’re the ones who voted overwhelmingly for Handley to become president.”

“I must do something about them.”

“Good for you! If Jesus Christ can’t straighten out Christians, no one can.”

“Okay, Marty. I better run. I am learning how to use the microwave oven that came with the house, but I have been having trouble with things exploding in it.”

“Avoid eggs in the shell, and if you microwave a potato, poke some holes in the skin first.”

“I learned about eggs the hard way. What a mess!”

“Goodnight, Jesus,” I said with a chuckle. “Nellie and I might be out of touch for a few days. Don’t worry if you don’t hear from us.”

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